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The Community Investment and Fellowship Committees of your Charleston Rotary Club are combining their efforts in support of a community art project memorializing the influence and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The Charleston Office of Public Art is coordinating the creation of a large mural honoring Dr. King, to be placed on an exterior wall of the Martin Luther King Center and visible from the nearby Interstate highways.

This project provides an opportunity for our members to make an individual contribution to the commemoration by participating in the creation of the mural.  Each participant will paint a self-portrait(lifelike, fanciful, cartoonish, or otherwise—no art experience required) on a fabric “tile”.  These tiles will later be affixed to the mural to create a background for the massive likeness of Dr. King.  Some 1000 tiles are to be created.

Due to Covid-19 precautions, in-person workshops are not possible at this time.  As an alternative, virtual workshops are being held under the direction of Jeff Pierson, Director of Public Art. As a participant, you will receive the necessary painting materials in advance, and will be led through the process personally by Mr. Pierson in a virtual online setting.

Please follow the link below to find the registration form for one or both of two upcoming workshops, April 8 and May 6, 2021. You will receive further information upon registering.

Michelle Foster                                                  Mike Fidler
Community Investment Committee              Fellowship Committee



Our fellow Rotarian, Craig Glover, CEO of the Family HealthCare Centers, recently suggested that our club might assist in the vaccination effort by soliciting volunteers to work at area vaccination clinics.  The board heartily endorsed this suggestion.

Our volunteers would assist in “non-clinical” duties such as escorting people or directing them to the correct location in the building, disinfecting tables and chairs, and otherwise guiding people around the facility. You can choose to work from 8AM-4PM, or a shorter shift from 8AM-12PM or 12PM-4PM.

You can sign up for a volunteer position at the following website:


There you will find a listing of all upcoming vaccination clinics.  You should look for entries titled “Volunteers.”  You will see how many available volunteer slots there are, and you can click the button on that entry to sign up for that clinic.  You can sign up for a clinic in Kanawha County or surrounding counties.

On arrival at your clinic you should ask for the Family Health Care Centers coordinator, who will guide you to the proper work area.

If you encounter problems signing up, you can contact Timothy Nunnery at the Family Health Care Centers (304-760-6320) for further assistance.

Thanks for volunteering and helping serve our greater community!

Mike Fidler, on behalf of the Fellowship Committee

Message from President Welty, process for inviting guests to our virtual meetings.

To :  Rotary Club of Charleston members:
Subject:  Process for inviting guests to our virtual meetings

Dear members,

Thanks for the positive feedback and comments on our meetings! If you are attending, please continue and if not we encourage you to log on and enjoy!

I also want to ask that you continue to invite guests to benefit from the great speakers the Program Committee is lining up for us. Here is the simple process to follow when inviting guests:

  • Forward the log on information to your guest and ask them to register.
  • Send an email to with a cc to letting us know who your guest is.
  • The email is essential because we want to a) warmly greet guests and b) we must record guests for Rotary and for our virtual system.

We appreciate your participation and look forward to welcoming your guests and, when appropriate, inviting them to become members!

Bob Welty

Speaker Information for  April

4/19/2021 – Dorothy Ridings, “Presidential Debate Commission,” introduced by Lyle Sattes

Dorothy “Dot” Ridings who will discuss her involvement in presidential debates with our club. Dot started her involvement with presidential debates through the League of Women Voters where she served on the national board for many years, including four years as president while the League was still the sponsor of the debates. More recently Dot has served as co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates, the current sponsor. Dot is a native of Charleston and attended public schools here. Her first job was after school at the Daily Mail (when the Gazette was the competitor — well before merger). You won’t want to miss this “insider” perspective on presidential debates.

4/26/2021 – Senator Manchin, “News from Senator Manchin,” introduced by Ted Armbrecht

Survey Monkey:

The Charleston Rotary Program Committee would to hear from you!  Please click on the link below and tell us how we are doing!

Birthday Greetings

Bryle Henderson Hatch – April 23rd

Kim Zwier – April 23rd

Tom Sporck – April 26th

Will Slicer – April 28th

Jeff Taylor – April 28th


New Proposed Member:

New Member:

Alexander Schnulo
Young Professional Membership:
Company/ Northwestern Mutual – West Virginia
Business Address: 601 Tennessee Avenue
Charleston, WV  25302
Business Phone: 304- 342-8117
Business email:
Home Address: 19 Cactus Lane
Hurricane WV 25526
Cell Phone: 614-296-5693
Spouse: Lauren
Join Date: April 12, 2021
Proposed by: Melissa Pemberton


Deceased Member:

Greeter/Prayer for April

Please contact Mike Fidler at 304-546-8156 or

No Greeters at this time. 


The Program Committee, they meet weekly at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center, directly after the regular scheduled meeting. Parking is free just let the parking attendant know you are with the Rotary Club of Charleston.

Putnam Rotary Club Meeting begins at 12:00 noon at the First State Bank Community Room
3754 Teays Valley Road
Hurricane, WV 25526   

Vandalia Club meets at Edgewood Country Club. Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 – last Wednesday of month is a social or service project.

Meeting begins 12:00 noon St. Albans Rotary Club at their new meeting location is City National Bank 560 4th Street  Saint Albans, WV 25177

Other Ways to Make-up a Meeting:
1. The board unanimously approved another avenue to get additional credit for attendance. In addition to attending a committee meeting, doing an online make-up, or visiting another Rotary Club you can now get one meeting credit for every new member prospect/guest you bring to a regular Monday meeting. The credit will apply during the same quarter in which you bring the potential member/guest. This is a great way to both make up attendance and recruit new members into our club. Contact Paul White with questions.

2. To do a make-up meeting on-line, click the link below: Rotary Club Online make-up location: on-line system is set up to provide a written confirmation of the make-up to the person who actually did the make-up. The Member is then responsible for providing the confirmation to their Rotary Club Administrator. Please forward a copy of your confirmation letter to me to receive proper credit, also check the weekly newsletter to see if I have listed your make up and name, if not this indicates that I did not receive your make-up notice.

Attendance Monday, April 12, 2020
Virtual Meeting Attendance: 
Number of Members attended: Active: 54    Exempt: 15
Number of Guests: 5
Visiting Rotarians: 0
Total Members Attended: 74

Online Make-up: None